After weeks of speculation, Scott Frost has officially been named the head coach at Nebraska. Since Mike Riley was fired on November 25th, just one commit, Mario Goodrich has left the 2018 class. They have mostly taken a “wait and see” approach to see who was hired. Interim head coach Trent Bray along with recruiting staff members have spoken with recruits and their families urging patience and that the right man would be hired in short order.
Now that Frost is officially in place, who should some of the first people be that he contacts? These won’t be in any particular order except the first name listed.
4-star 2018 TE commit Cam Jurgens
The versatile Beatrice standout should actually be the very first recruiting call Frost makes in my opinion. The reason is not because there is a lot to worry about with his recent official visit to LSU. He should get the first call because it serves notice to the other players in the state and region that Frost is taking recruiting in this area seriously and wants to keep local talent home. It helps that Jurgens would fit perfectly into the H-back role in Frost’s offense.
4-star 2018 WR commit Joshua Moore
This has to be a trying time for Moore. The coaching staff being replaced stings, but he has remained committed to Nebraska. The school he was scheduled to take an official visit to once the Huskers staff found itself on shaky ground, Florida State, just had its coach bolt for Texas A&M. Frost will need big-time athletes at wide receiver in his system and Moore certainly fits the bill.
Key high school head coaches
Ok, I’m going to cheat a bit here but it still counts. Paul Limongi (Omaha Burke), Larry Martin (Omaha North), Matt Turman (Omaha Skutt), Guy Rosenberg (Elkhorn South), Glen Snodgrass (York), Joe Benson (Scottsbluff) and others need to be among the first calls Frost makes. Again, the message here is simple, “Nebraska will no longer let talent get away and be developed into contributors elsewhere.”
4-star 2019 QB prospect Max Duggan
There has to be balance between solidifying the current class and casting a vision for the future, right? There is no better place to start than with the Council Bluffs quarterback at Lewis Central. Duggan is the perfect fit for Frost’s offense, is a natural leader and should be the No. 1 player on Nebraska’s board in 2019. There is a lot of interest in him in the region plus he’s getting SEC offers recently. Duggan does hold a UCF offer so Frost is aware of him. Duggan has told me in the past that he wants to make a spring decision. He should be called as soon as the rules allow.
4-star 2018 DB commit Mario Goodrich
I realize Goodrich just reopened his recruitment but don’t lose track of the Lee’s Summit West standout. Goodrich has the skills to play either wide receiver or defensive back in college, though Nebraska had him slotted as a cornerback with the previous staff. Frost will want to bring Goodrich back as part of the class for a couple of reasons. He is obviously a good football player but he is also in a focus state, Missouri, that Nebraska will need to continue to increase its presence in going forward.
3-star 2018 JUCO TE Nigel Kilby
It is frowned upon to bring any current commits from your previous school to your new school. But all’s fair in the name of winning, right? It’s no secret that many expect Nebraska to now increase its junior college recruiting, and what better place to start than an athletic tight end cut in the same mold as UCF standout, Jordan Akins. Kilby is big (6-8, 250) and athletic and would be a welcome addition in Lincoln.
Just missing the cut on this list was the Omaha Burke duo of 4-star linebacker Nick Henrich and 3-star tight end Chris Hickman. Also, 4-star defensive end Marcus Hicks from Kansas is a player that has high interest in Nebraska and is a must-get within the 500-mile radius. I would also give Lincoln Southeast defensive tackle Bryson Williams a call. He has a UCF offer and has been solid to Wisconsin, but it doesn’t hurt to check.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.